What is change? Is it a transition from one state into another? Is it gradual in both form and content? Or in the form or content only? What is the way in which something changes: inside out or outside in? Too many questions arose when the idea for this collection was born.
My inspiration for this collection began at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where my husband is on the MSx program. The GSB’s motto is: “Change lives. Change Organizations. Change the world”. And from the very first days there Ivan and I noticed how change began to pervade our minds, break stereotypes and widen our frame of perception. From conversations with other participants of the program and their families it became obvious that change had affected everyone. The way in which other people perceive the change as well as my own ideas have given rise to this collection.
A calm surface of water is disturbed, and the tiniest stone produces circular rings that transform stillness and quietness into motion, bringing it to life again. This is how often unintentional changes that happen inside of us and which at first seem inessential, can produce waves capable of transforming reality. Everything around us is connected and intertwined, and thus we can affect the world as via the changes we make through our agency. “Butterfly effect” as a numinous, but at the same time natural axe of existence attempts to seize and understand this within the flow of the collective mind that brought this collection to life.
The artworks are made in my classic TwiddleART style. Swirls and spirals emphasize the idea of change as allegorical for the development and expansion of the mind. The spiral balances chaos, and directs the internal circular looping towards self-analysis and reflection. It is my meditation. All works can be seen as exemplifications and components of a common central idea, and when placed side by side, they form one composition.
The shape of the canvas is an intentional artistic choice as well – the triangle represents the three bases of change: changing oneself, changing the immediate circle and changing the world (as mentioned previously). The artworks’ palette is red, golden and white. Red is typically associated with flame, the passion and the struggle for revolutionary change and love. Gold, within Russian culture, is associated with a supreme mind; white, with beginnings: blank sheets, innocence, revelation, and the initial thought that is yet to become an intention. The number “three” gets one more expression – in color.
It is harmony and calmness which empower to create.